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Old Sep 30th, 2017, 13:14 PM   1
loeylo
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When to worry about speech?


My dd is 2 next month. There are a few things which are worrying me, which I'm sure are normal. My new health visitor is rubbish so I haven't asked her yet, and I don't know when we next get an appointment to check her development. We haven't seen anyone since she was about 6 months old, and even then it was only because I asked to be seen due to her allergies.

Anyway, she seems to have a great understanding of language - she follows instructions well (when it suits her!) such as "put your socks on" or if I ask her to go get something.

Some words she can say very clearly, such as "shoes" and "juice" - words which are quite complex but she uses every day. She's just pointed at my flowers, sniffed the air and said "mummy's flowers"

What I'm worried about is her pronunciations. She never uses the initial consonants on most words. So "Gracie's bricks" is "acies icks" "bad" and "sad" sound the same except the tone.

At what stage should I seek help for poor pronunciation? My sister had speech therapy when she was younger and I notice a lot of similar patterns, which is why I'm asking.



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2017, 15:43 PM   2
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I don’t have any advice RE seeking help but I work in a nursery and our eldest kids in my room are 2 and I see this quite a lot, thought that might be a bit reassuring!



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2017, 16:00 PM   3
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Thanks, that is reassuring!

None of our friends have kids (they are all really career focused or party focused despite being nearly 30!) and the youngest kid in my family is in their 20s, my OH has two nieces who are 8 and 12 but SIL is really laid back so I feel like I've not really got anyone to go to for "norms" things as the ladies at work can be quite condescending



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2017, 17:04 PM   4
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Definitely! Willow does it too with some words although I know she’s a bit younger than Gracie so not sure how helpful that is (Willow is ‘illow’ or ‘low’/quack quack is sometimes ack ack etc). But I honestly think it is very common at least from what I’ve found, 2 is still so little as well, so hard not to be concerned though isn’t it- especially when they don’t come with a manual and speech is so diverse in children! Sounds like her speech is good otherwise though and her understanding sounds fab Keep and an eye on it and if you feel like something is off I’d mention it to HV or maybe even the GP?



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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 03:12 AM   5
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DS is 2.4 and at 2 was still dropping a lot of those sounds but is doing it much less now so I think it's still age appropriate at that age. A lot of his nursery friends are still doing it at two and a half but none of the three year olds in his room are doing it so I would guess it develops between two and three. X started getting better at pronunciation around the time his vocabulary exploded.



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 11:58 AM   6
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It sounds very normal to me, it's been a while since I had a 2 year old, but you only have to watch a few youtube family vlogs to see LOTS of 2 year olds do it.



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 12:51 PM   7
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Id say totally normal too, all mine have done this. Alice is 3 and although she no longer drops the initial letter, she still does at times in mid word (Cait-yn instead of Caitlyn for eg)



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 14:31 PM   8
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My first didn't drop initial letters but plenty of ending sounds. Aged 3 now she has an incredible vocabulary and speaks like a 4 year old, at least. I don't think you should worry at all.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 09:01 AM   9
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My son has speech problems which were caught early at 17 months - but only because he was behind in everything not just speech. Now at 6 years old he has a speech disorder and has therapy every week.

What you've said about her understanding is brilliant, and kids will tend to drop the beginning of words when they are young. I don't think you have anything to worry about right now



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 12:24 PM   10
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My daughter will be 4 October 20 and her pronunciation is still not 100% correct. There is a speech pathologist who goes to her pre-k and is starting to help her with certain consonants and combinations, but honestly, I'm not at all worried.

Your daughter sounds normal to me; I would use cards, talk about your day and surroundings, and have her look at you as you say certain words so she can see and try to mimic how to verbalize them. Watch for her development and see if it is lagging in a few months or so...they progress so fast, so no progression or regression is really what you have to look for.

A bit of a "delay" in one area is not really a concern from what I've looked into...are there other areas she is delayed in as well you are concerned about?



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